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neighbor's cat in my back yard all the time(m)

15 years ago

I need something to make him not come and use my heavily-mulched and much cared for backyard for his naps and hunting ground.

How can I get him to STAY OUT OF MY YARD???!!

My neighbors are very nice people but this cat is an outdoor cat and there is just not much they would be able to do.

What can I spray my yard with, I can't stand him in there, plus I worry about my two northern cardinals that are hanging around alot(maybe building a nest nearby??)

Thanks! teeka

Comments (45)

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    That is a tough one. Controling cats isn't easy...maybe impossible. I have a feed store nearby that has all kinds of pet things. Once I got some dog repellent there. I don't know if there is cat repellent but you might want to check at a place like that.
    Do an internet search on "cat repellent" there is a lot of stuff!

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    Depends on what he's hunting. If he's found field mice or something like that, you may want to let him be. If he's digging in your garden, yeah, need to so something. Maybe a spray using ground pepper mixed in water?

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  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    I've actually had some success just shooing them along their way anytime I see them in the yard - clapping hands, etc. They like to think they're hiding/hidden, but are disturbed when I'm out there rustling about. Haven't seen them nearly as frequently.

  • 15 years ago
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    Also, you have the ultimate anti-cat weapon in your hands when you're watering the garden. :)

  • 15 years ago
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    Plant garlic. That is what companies use in many cat repellents, anyways. Or, try some allium globemaster, as they flower quickly.

  • 15 years ago
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    I agree . Annoy the cat enough and it might just find better and quieter hunting grounds .
    As per the SPCA :
    cats that go outside - average life span 3 years
    cats that live strictly indoors - average life span - 20 years
    number one killer of outdoor cats ? automobiles

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    I have seen/heard about a remote control water spray you can put in your yard. It's triggered by motion (so don't make the DH mad lol).
    Can't remember where I saw it but at the time thought that's what I'd do. Non-violent but effective.

    OR you could do it yourself. Wait....hide...spray the cat once or twice and they won't come back.

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    I agree...hose the cat down every time you see it, and if it doesn't give up, invest in a Scarecrow motion sensor sprinkler. It shoots a strong stream of water out and rotates with it, kind of like a pop-up sprinkler head. It's supposed to scare everything, including deer. I see them advertised in garden mags all the time, and they I've read that they are pretty effective.

    Good luck!

    Marcia (who would never, ever let one of her cats outside)

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    You must live in my neighborhood. My new neighbors let their cat out and we live in the city! I love cats normally and I have one of my own, but I hate that cat. My garden is frequented by cardinals, bluejays, mourning doves, etc... and I don't want that cat around my bird feeders and birdbath.

    You could call animal control to pick up the cat, but I haven't been able to bring myself to do that. I was thinking of sprinkling my cat's litter around the garden to drive it away.

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    Go for water. Even a kid's supersoaker locked and loaded near your back door will probably do it better than pepper spray or anything you spread in your yard. With a squirt gun, you can spritz them as soon as you see them. Once they discover it rains on them in your yard and nowhere else, they'll go elsewhere. The beauty of cats is they're finnicky. The difficulty is, they don't actually care what you think. So you can't train them like you do a puppy, but you can make them uncomfortable enough they stop doing whatver they're doing that's naughty or unacceptable.

    And I say this as a lifelong cat lover. If my neighbors spray my cats, I figure, it sends my cats home where they belong.

    (I won't get into the evils/virtues of outdoor cats here. Some cat lovers feel strongly about it and I understand their point of view but my aging and quite healthy cats still go out and catch lizards occasionally. And if the neighbor sprays them to send them home, I'm good with that.)

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  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    I agree that water would probably work the best. Cats hate it. It also worked so well on my neighbor's barking dog that I only had to bend over the faucet and he'd shut up. Didn't work so well on the mallards that used to invade my tiny pond. When I turned the hose on them, all the other mallards came running, shouting "partee, partee!"

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    I'm a 'cat person'. My cats are exclusively indoors. I still have to deal with other people's roaming cats.

    Do not sprinkle your cats used litter as that will encourage the other cats to 'mark' your yard even more as their territory.

    Cats hate surprises and especially 'wet surprise', ie: water.

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  • 15 years ago
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    I am the official cat (crazy cat) lady. My lots of cats are indoor cats, but if I had a big piece of land away from roads, I would have a kitty heaven there. That would work for me...I am part of a large group of people here in Tampa doing TNR; a lot of us maintain large colonies of feral cats - fixed and vaccinated, near businesses, dumpsters, etc (places where they were multiplying and creating chaos before, but are now well maintained well fed colonies, and exist there with a permission of a business, apartment complex management, etc..)
    Theoretically, every cat should be an indoor cat, but it is, unfortunately,impossible
    My two outdoor semi-feral cats roam a bit. Both fixed and are vaccinated on regular basis, and I spoke to all neighbors whose yards have been visited, to make sure they are cool with that.

    And if any of my neighbors would be unhappy and spray my cats with water to send them home, I am cool with that as well. And I think it is the best way to handle a roaming cat in your situation

  • 15 years ago
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    Olya.....have you noticed an increase in fleas in your area because of all the cats? I have a neighbor that has been feeding the cats and the flea problem has increased greatly for me....even with my dog on preventive meds the fleas get on her and I have had to look at other ways at curtailing them. Thats my problem with the cats....I never minded them in my yard before but now its war :-)

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    I believe that fleas on cats are similar to aphids on plants. Both like to attack/severely infest hosts with weaker immune system, it seems.
    No, I do not have flea problems. I once had to move a dead possum - poor thing got hit by a car, and crawled to our property...He was covered, literally covered with fleas. A feral cat might not be a sole reason why you have flea problems.
    In colonies that are well-maintained, it does not seem an issue - at least, it seems to me. Cats are fatter and more content, no fighting, no babies

    I use Advantage on my own cats, and whenever needed, use Borax in the house - sprinkle it for a few hours and vacuum it up - to clean the house of the buggers..
    I remember reading about your issue with the neighbor. It is unfortunate that the cats are the ones who suffer - you are unhappy, your neighbors wont fix them (my guess) To me, they are hungry, unfortunate creatures who ended up on the streets at no fault of theirs - and I do all I can to prevent more of these unfortunate creatures on the streets
    Catch and kill does not work, for many reasons, and even the Animal Services all over the country are recognizing it and endorsing it. Our AS works with us - and every cat that ear notched (that means, TNRed) is held longer - and we all get an email from AS alerting us that a cat from a colony is at AS. This gives us a chance to claim the cat if it is from one of the colonies maintained, or to try to relocate it if someone continues trapping and sending the cats to AS.

    If you lived close by, I would offer to come out, talk to people and do TNR.
    Maybe there are similar volunteer groups in your area who could assist your neighbor? This makes a big difference

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    trinigemini

    have you noticed an increase in fleas in your area because of all the cats?
    Also wanted to mention..I only have 3 cats in my yard, on half acre. Two like to roam, third one, a feral, always near the orchid house. You might be thinking that I have a ton of cats. My cats and foster kittens are strictly indoors (besides three semi-ferals/ferals)

    Now, one of my neighbors, about 6-8 houses up, feeds about 8 cats. She did not have them fixed, so about a year ago, I helped her get them all fixed and vaccinated. I did not notice a flea problem there; at least no one complaining.

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    Yeah there are about 20 cats that hang out in that yard. I'm pretty sure they are not fixed because we see kittens every few months. I have not seen any possums, raccoons, rats or squirrels since the cat colony has expanded. I think my flea problem is going to be under control soon though. We bought the nematodes and recently have gotten essential oil flea repellant to put on dog when she goes outside.

    BTW I once had a possum that died under my house and the guys also said it was covered in fleas....there were so many that they started coming up through our floorboards....we had to bomb the house, under the house and treat the yard. It was a mess.

    I am not for killing the cats, (I used to feel sorry for them too so never chased them out the yard) but I wonder why you say it would not work to control the population. It would seem to me that if you kill it then it can't procreate and cause more problems. And if you kill it you help stop the spread of the fleas and ticks they may carry. I know all the other wildlife will carry them but I've never had a possum, raccoon, or rat sun themselves on my deck, or hang out really in my yard like the cats do :) The other creatures seem to come...get what they want and leave, but the cats lounge and hangout.

    I might look into seeing if there is a volunteer group that is doing TNR in this area when I have some time. The environmental people said they were going to come out and see what was going on but I have not heard anything back from them for awhile now.

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    I am glad you are looking into different solutions
    Why killing does not work...One reason, vacuum effect - once the area clears out of cats, new stray cats are drawn in to it, and quickly re-populate the area. If your neighbors feed cats, they will fees new ones as well
    Other reasons...IT takes a dedicated volunteer working WITH a caregiver to trap all cats. AS will trap the easier ones with normal traps - and a few will remain to repopulate. We work with feeders/caregivers, who know the cats behavior and have earned some trust from the cats. We use drop-traps for difficult cases, and some cats take a few months of trying. A responsible caregiver will make sure every single cat is fixed
    Once the colony is fixed, they do a good job of holding a territory and allowing other, if any, cats.
    You will always have people who feel bad for homeless cats - and I understand them. (For one, why are my own cats special- fat and healthy, while some unfortunate unique creature should be doomed to die....)But you will not convince these people to either kill the cats or stop feeding. You can however convince these people to spay and neuter, and thus, bring the population under control.

    I am not trying to convince you, or suggest you need to fix the cats - by all means, no. I am glad you are asking, and looking at different venues. There is a wealth of information on TNR and its pluses and minuses. I can only speak from my own experience - and I have fixed streets at a time in my neighborhood. Huge difference.

    You can email me, if you wish - and let me know where you are located - I can try posting on cat forums to see if there are groups near you.
    olyagrove at gmail

    We are very lucky here in Tampa - the TNR movement is very strong, with a huge network of volunteers, veterinarians volunteering and helping us, and two low-cost spay neuter clinics.

    Are you applying flea meds on your dog on a monthly basis? I just never had a problem with fleas on my outdoor cats when keeping them monthly on either Revolution or Advantage...

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    Outdoor cats kill hundreds of millions of birds per year. They get no safe haven in my yard, ever.

  • 15 years ago
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    dghays, I understand where you are coming from. This particular topic seems to be the "hot topic" on this forum - people tend to get upset!
    I believe a hawk visiting my yard kills more in a month that my three outdoor ferals in a year...if that. In fact, I am yet to see - and hope I wont - two of them get successful. Not all cats are good bird hunters, luckily.
    I have three bird feeders and lots-lots-lots of birds. I have a family of woodpeckers, blue jays, cardinals and a bunch of cutest tiny little birdies I have no idea what the name
    Urban development, people activities, pollution kill birds...Cats do not even come close.
    I am not trying to convince anyone to welcome cats in their yard. I am only stating my preferences and what works for me- and sorry if it hit the nerve with anyone :) Was not intended.
    I love all living creatures, and volunteered with both domestic animals and wildlife rehabbers....

    I think this topic should really be on conversations page; and I promise not to post any more on feral cats on this particular thread - not to get anyone upset here!

    trinigemini , if you have more questions, email me!

    Olya
    Cat and orchid lady :-)

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    trinigemini I am starting to wonder if you are one of my neighbors - I have the same issue with one of my next door neighbors. My dog has had horrible flea issues, even when the flea meds are on him, they get in his ears and he has had a tapeworm 4 times in the last year and a half since we moved here. Not to mention the horrible stink coming from their yard. I don't know how they covered it up when we were looking at this house to buy - had we smelled what we smell now, way worse in the summer, we would never have bought here. We tried to trap some of the ferals which was heartbreaking to me, knowing how overloaded the shelters are but trying to control the situation after my dog, who loves to play with our INDOOR kitty cornered one to play and ended up with a bloody tongue, but they saw what was going on and started getting to the traps before animal control did each day and they released the cats we had trapped. So the neighbors caught a bunch of the ferals and built a big shed for them and kept a bunch in there and in the house. We would hear the cats fighting in their shed thing and the smell got even worse.
    The cats potty in our yard all the time I can't keep up with putting coffee grounds in the dirt patches - chinch bugs destroyed the front yard right before closing and we havent been able to afford to resod the darn thing. It is such a nightmare and every time I see more kittens running around their yard I get so angry! Mostly because my pets, who I am responsible for and take care of are being affected by the irresponsiblity of these people who think they are doing a good thing by feeding these wild cats but not vetting them.
    UGH! I am going to check out the sprinkler things because we are at our wits end!!!

    Lisa B

  • 15 years ago
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    Peoplez, before I am bunched with everyone who is a source of evil, because I identified myself with a cat lady...

    YES, people who feed cats without fixing are the biggest problem. HSUS guide to cats has a good chapter on it, called "The Tragedy of Quasi Ownership of cats" (p 302)....No one wants to fix, because it not their cat, but they feel bad for the cats and feed...thus, contributing to higher numbers of kittens, and letting them sustain

    TNR people DO NOT want a crapload of cats running around. We are aiming at bringing the population under control and reducing the numbers...We have to fight with a lot of these feeders you all complaining about, because they are often against spay/neuter....

    TNR people are actually reasonable people who are trying to reduce the numbers of cats on the street. That is our goal. I do not want to see cats on the streets, roaming hungry. We trap, pregnant cats get aborted, everyone vaccinates for rabies and 4-in-1, treated for whatever injuries...Very sick kitties are euthanized, and ALL kittens are taken off the streets to be placed in foster care, and subsequently, adopted. So, essentially, TNR is a method of bringing the population under control and reducing, in a very humane way!

    What a lot of people do not realize..AS run off taxpayer money and simply do not have the manpower and the budget to make a difference in the population. But volunteers working with organizations such as Humane Society, and donated funds, can make the difference. AS in our county has been keeping statistics on the feral cats intake/euthanasia since Feral Cat Program started - about 4 years ago - and the numbers are on decline, while everywhere else in the US, these numbers are steadily rising! That means, we are reducing the numbers

    I wish there were less of these caregivers who spread the food around but will not do anything beyond that. You either do not feed, or accept the responsibility ALL the way and Spay and Neuter

    And please, everyone Spay and Neuter your pets ;)

  • 15 years ago
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    BB gun would make them get the message. But a hose is more humane.

  • 15 years ago
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    flanative....I live down in Miami by Coral Gables...you anywhere near there? Also if you are having the same problem I am then you should also put your dog on worm prevention meds. We are trying other methods to cut down on the fleas and I will keep everyone informed on how it works. I have great hope for my nematodes unfortunatly they are backordered so I don't expect them for a couple months. We have also been spraying toots with some essential oils that are supposed to keep bugs such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitos away.

  • 15 years ago
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    Nope, I'm in Central Florida but I was born in the 305 and lived there till Andrew blew us out of town...Last spring we had to treat the yard with poison (yuck) and that helped keep the fleas at bay a bit. I am trying to find something to give Chopper to prevent the tape worms, I'm thinking food grade diatomateous (sp) earth might work. Once it warms up he will be swimming in the pool every day and that will help things a bit - and he is on the pill flea preventative now - although I hate that he has to get treated with all this poison! Let me know how the nematodes work, I considered them last year. I guess they would not help my veggie gardens but if I have to sacrifice to not have to poison my yard, my dog and bomb the house I will.

    Oly - I get it and I looked for a TNR program in my area (Deltona/Osteen) but was unsuccessful. If you know of any please let me know and I will contact them.

    OrdPete - believe me, DH is threatening the BB gun - but I don't think he really has the heart to do it or he would have after one of the ferals bloodied my dog's tongue. Instead he almost got in a fist fight with the neighbor in the street over the darn cats!!
    Lisa B

  • 15 years ago
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    Use the BB gun on the neighbors not the cats. Just kidding! What I mean is don't take your frustrations out on the cat, it is not the cat's fault. It is also not usually a good idea to confront the neighbor in a hostile manner. If the issue is really important to you talk to the neighbor in a friendly manner and explain your problems with the cat. Be nice about it.

  • 15 years ago
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    Fla Native...the nematodes are good nematodes and from what I understood not harm plants...they only eat bugs. AS for the worm prevention I use Interceptor...its good for tapeworms, heartworms and other worms too. I take toots on walks and to the dog park and while I would love to use just all natural stuff the bugs are too tough.

  • 15 years ago
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    Fixed or not fixed, cats are not a native animal,
    and fixed or not fixed, feral cats are a huge threat to native animals.
    The bacteria in a cats saliva is so toxic to most wild birds and wild small animals,
    that just contact with a cats saliva that has been left behind
    will kill them.
    And Yes, cats do carry diseases, plenty of them.

    Sensible people that would argue all day about introducing
    another non-native animal to the ecology
    Will then turn around and argue that it is humane to maintain colonies of feral cats.

    Thank God we live in a perserve down here and law enforcement actually has some teeth.
    Fish and Wildlife along with the National Park Service
    removed all of our colonies of feral cats.

    Corrie

  • 15 years ago
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    I was the one who mentioned the nematode solution for fleas, and like trini, I'm back ordered on them.

    And I understand everyone's aversion to wild cats. In my neighborhood there is a community (not colony) of kept house cats that roam together and eat at two houses where they don't belong, houses where the people there want to feed wild cats, and get mine instead. Does my guy need the food? Nope. Does it make her happy to feed him? Yep. Does it harm anyone? Nope, it actually helps.

    All the neighborhood cats are fixed and fed at home and vaccinated on time. And they keep feral cats out of our neighborhood and away from the two houses where people want to feed wild cats _there's a colony of feral cats a couple blocks away and like westside story, those boys don't venture onto my block. And my neighbors who don't have cats aren't bothered with flea-bearing, non-vaccinated feral cats, because my cats and a couple other guys are keeping the neighborhood safe.

    I also understand and respect the concern about wildlife. My cat who roams is actually declawed and wearing a bell. And since he got the bell, he hasn't brought home anything more than a lizard (which he deposits at the giant puppy's nose, just to show the puppy that he may weigh 10 pounds, but the 100-pound puppy is still unable to catch lizards. makes the puppy crazy.)

    It's tough in an urban environment, and honestly, those of you who are struggling with feral colonies probably would have fewer problems if you had a gang of vaccinated and flea-treated housecats protecting the 'hood.

    And when a feral colony is nearby, the wildlife suffers more.

    I'm not saying mine is the best solution. Mine is the urban solution that works well in my imperfect world.

    Now, if they come up with cats who eat termites before termites eat my wood floors _ all bets are off because I'll breed those suckers.

    Susannah

  • 15 years ago
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    Susannah you are too funny...and thanks for the nematode idea..I could not remember who mentioned it. I also like your solution as I has no problems with the cats until the fleas started :-)

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    Sorry, I don't consider an animal a 'pet' that someone acquires and then lets loose in the neighborhood or ecology.

    Iguanas were once pets, exotic snakes were once pets, giant rats were once pets, monkeys, walking catfish, etc.

    Cats are still a nusance non-native threat to the ecology.

    And cats, especially outdoor cats, carry campylobacteriosis, streptococci, staphylococci, pasteurella, salmonella, and of course cat scratch fever.

    All of which are deadly to native wildlife.

    Corrie

  • 15 years ago
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    Corrie,

    My cats sleep in my bed every night. Would that be a pet? I understand your concerns, really I do, but in my urban neighborhood, I truly believe my vaccinated and well-cared for cats are keeping a feral colony from spreading to my block. Would you rather I kept my guy in the house and let that feral colony spread?

    Because my guy catches very little in the way of wildlife, since he got the bell, only non-native lizards. I hope he isn't carrying anything. The vet says he's not. I'm not saying he protects the yard for wildlife. I have two really big dogs that make sure there's not much wildlife here.

    My yard is safe for birds and bees and butterflies, and, honestly, inside the Miami city limits, that's about the best I can do. Even if I didn't love dogs, I would have a couple, because that's the kind of neighborhood I live in. And even if I didn't love cats, I'd probably need a couple just to ward off the feral colony down the street, not to mention the rats and field mice who would live here if I found a way to discourage the feral guys.....

    If you want me to live a perfectly wildlife sustainable life, then I must ask, do you live in an urban, multi-story apartment building where you're not actually taking acreage out of circulation that wildlife could be using if you didn't live there? And do you drive a car? Do you use air conditioning during the summer? In your home? In your car? Do you compost and recycle? Is your home completely solar with reused waste water? Do you do everything you can think of to lessen your impact on the environment and our native wildlife?

    Because I don't do everything I can think of, but I'm trying harder each day.

  • 15 years ago
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    This thread is about cats, and cats are responsible for at least hundreds of millions of birds being killed in the US each year. The actual study estimated over a billion. I guess Al Gore can't talk about global warming because the family home he bought 20 years ago isn't very energy efficient, or because he flies in an aircraft to talk about it? Yes we all live in houses, I do too, but I still don't believe people should have outside cats. We can agree to disagree. We see how this is going to go. The programs to spay/neuter ferals sounds like a great help for the situation. Feeding any cats which aren't sprayed/neutered results in increased cat populations. They reproduce more when well fed.

  • 15 years ago
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    natives_and_veggies, these are wonderful points:
    If you want to live a perfectly wildlife sustainable life, then I must ask, do you live in an urban, multi-story apartment building where you're not actually taking acreage out of circulation that wildlife could be using if you didn't live there? And do you drive a car? Do you use air conditioning during the summer? In your home? In your car? Do you compost and recycle? Is your home completely solar with reused waste water? Do you do everything you can think of to lessen your impact on the environment and our native wildlife?

    dghays, thank you for recognizing that S/N is of help! I understand people complaining, and understand the reasoning - and wont argue any of that. But I know I am part of a solution, and I am reducing the numbers.

    Have to point out, however - birds are not the main source of food for cats, and in fact very hard to catch. Mice and rats are much easier.

    Take one street in my neighborhood...One day I got on a bike and went to Publix, in the evening. Since I did not really go there in the evening, on that particular route - I was amazed how many cats I saw. I started talking - I heard complaints, I saw kittens...
    I myself S/N about 20 adult cats on that street. 11 - ELEVEN - kittens went into Humane Society of Tampabay and St Francis Animal Rescue adoption programs. One teenage Siamese got adopted, and I kept one moma cat who was friendly and had bad allergies. Now,my friend and a HSTB volunteer helps one old lady feed the remaining cats (who was the main feeder and the source of complaints to begin with..a 90 year old lady, and these cats is what keeps her going...). They are all lazy, fat cats, with no urges to fight and make babies. It is beautiful
    And believe me - people on that street said THANK YOU to me. One lady -not the feeder - called me " an answer to her prayers" (I am not religious , but happy people recognize and see there are ways to deal with feral cats without killing) Many times; now, there are no tomcats spraying their cars, and they do not see dead kittens run over on a street.
    So, with me alone S/N these cats, the population was held steady, 13 cats were taken off the streets
    What is there to complain about it? Before, residents called Animal Services, but AS would not come out, they do not have the resources to be on call.
    Now, no one bothers with AS - a few people have my phone number - if they see a new cat/kitten (and it rarely happens), I get a call.

    You clear that area of cats - and within one year, you are back with the same number of cars roaming, fighting and reproducing

    I am part of a solution. S/N is part of the solution. Hating and complaining is not :)

    Not trying to lecture, just merely trying to share the information - thank you for reading! :)

    Blueberry getting "kisses" from Tigger, two kittens from the litter of four that the street I just described - I bottlefed the litter - all now adopted, spayed and neutered. Their mom was spayed right after I took the babies for bottlefeeding
    -- I will do the same for any animal or bird - if I can help, I will, no preferences given {{gwi:802854}}From Foster babies from Siamese mama

  • 15 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    There is only one difference between a feral cat and any other cat that's outside.
    Both will contact the same parasites, bacteria, virus, etc.

    A feral cat will try to avoid you,
    a pet cat will bring it right to you.

    Corrie

  • 13 years ago
    last modified: 9 years ago

    It is legal to trap cats on your own property,After trapping it take it to the humane society, Cat deterents do not work, cats always find another way. Domesticated cats do not kill to eat,They kill for sport. It is in the best interest of your communitys health and safety as well as the cats health and safety to be a responsible cat owner and keep your cats self contained. If you Love your cat you do not allow it to roam unsupervised period. You also do not need a law to tell you to do the right thing,everytime you allow your cats to roam, you are neglecting your cats,as well as devalueing your neighbors.

  • 3 years ago

    My neighbor has so many and I don’t want to call the city on hm, but I clean my house every single day and when I enter my room I still smell their poop inside the room. I really don’t know what to do to repelled them from that area. I don’t want to hurt them just to make sure they go to their house. What can be a good unharmed cat repellent?

  • 3 years ago

    Get a spray bottle with water that has the dial you can put it on a good stream of water. Keep it by the front or back door and every very time you see them, spray them with a spray of water. You must be consistant but once they associate you and your house with that, they will go elsewhere.

  • 3 years ago

    Shoot the hose at them. It doesn't hurt.


    Jane

  • 3 years ago

    I've tried everything, from the hose to hanging pie pans to make noise to spook them. I'm fix'n to purchase a b.b. gun.

  • 3 years ago

    I guess you need a dog that hates cats then lol.

  • 3 years ago

    My neighbors know about their cats and the damage they do, so! Now I'm threatening with legal actions, other ppl's pets on your property is "TRESPASSING" and the owners of the pets can be charged for "TRESSPASSING", enough games and spending money on animals that are not mine! I'll call the cops everytime! Remember the 3 strike law, if you commit the same crime 3× that's 20 years in prison! ENOUGH GAMES!

  • 3 years ago

    I live in a rural area that has no cat bylaws. I wrote my neighbor a very respectful letter outlining the damage her cats are doing in my yard . This is the second time I have asked her nicely . Her cats have sprayed all over my porch, defecated in my garden and dug up new lawn to use as a litterbox. I have had to reach my garden soil with gravel and pull out plants. The cats are now digging and defecating along the side of my house. I have tried to use humane deterrents to no avail . I agree on the trespassing but where I live you would have no chance of prosecution. I would have to go civilly and that costs a fortune. On top of all this, the person has dogs that are holding the neighborhood hostage . We contemplated selling our dream retirement home. My wife is in tears and she's my sweetie. We have been together 62 years.No one messes with my sweetie. I thought about the 1 plus 1 rule. Where the person violates one rule ...there must be other violations. I used to be in law enforcement ...its been a long time. I felt like that Clint Eastwood in Grand Torino....good movie . I am game for Fluffy's owner doing 15 to 20 in the slammer for 3 strikes, but I think civil liberties might have something to say about that.

    So am utilizing every bylaw and law to take this neighbor to task . So far , they will have to rip out fence they erected in greenbelt, rip down at least 4 encroaching buildings and redo the fencing.This neighbor is facing penalties for other issues that are going to cost them thousands of dollars. Bylaws is all over the dog situation and other neighbors are now fed up and on board with the whole operation . Oh yes, I should mention there is about to be a stop work order on a bunch of expensive renos this neighbor has done which should amount to thousands too. Do you feel lucky.....damn, I think that was Dirty Harry. I digress.

    There should be laws that require cat owners to keep them indoors or confined to their yard ( I don't really give a hoot how they accomplish this ...check out Pintrest or something) . I also think they should have mandatory licensing and rabies vaccines for cats...just like dogs. Maybe people also....too far? This neighbor also gets multiple cats of both genders and fails to spay or neuter them. This is reprehensible. Outdoor cats have a short lifepan here because of the wildlife , but this neighbor just gets new cats ( or they are being manufactured....who the heck knows) . It seems they are disposable. Disgusting because its just plain wrong . Did I mention that animal welfare is involved?I have no idea who called them ...my Motorola brick phone was on the fritz last week. I should really get one of those new fangled flip phones . Then I could post on Space Page...or is that Face Page ..or Face book....I am too old for this..

    None of this is the animals' fault. This is about a totally irresponsible pet owner. Such people claim to be animal lovers . If they cared a whit about Fluffy, they would not let him out to get eaten by coyotes, pick up parasites or get run over by a car. Nope , these people are animal collectors ....big difference . They own the animal much like they own a Ford pickup or an instant pot or maybe a Grand Torino .

    So there you have it. For these neighbors, life is about to become very expensive . Fluffy and Fido are going to be very expensive . I can now clean up Fluffy's crap, pee and other bodily fluids with a sense of satisfaction.My sweetie feels a bit better now and she's back to making me those morning glory muffins with my coffee. Recipe is on Pintrest folks ...just reduce the cinnamon a tad. It gives me gas.

    This whole Fluffy and Fido thing ...this too shall pass. Just like the muffins . My grandson says I should just chill. I told him I just put on a sweater because my circulation bad.

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